The Running Music Mix

After six months of running, I have amassed quite a playlist of songs to listen to. I had a lot to start with, but as the year progressed I just kept adding songs to it. I did have to delete a few when I realized they didn't do anything to keep up my energy.

There are some songs, however, that do an amazing job. When I hear them start to play, I always tend to start running faster. Some distract me from the pain because it takes me elsewhere in my mind.

I have three different groups of music, which I'll break down here. But if you're looking for some great upbeat music for your workouts, this is the place you want to be!

"Regular" Music

I say this because once you look at my other sections, you'll understand why I call this the regular stuff.

This is the music that, for the most part, you'll hear on the radio or elsewhere. Most people would be familiar with it in some way, shape, or form.

"I Wanna Get Better" by Bleachers

"Ways to Go" by Grouplove

"Mon Petite Chou-Chou" by Philmore

"The City" by Madeon

"Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2 (from the Isles of Wonder Olympics soundtrack)

"Waka Waka (This time for Africa)" by Shakira

Star Wars Music

If I'm going to be running in a Star Wars-themed half marathon, then I should probably put some Star Wars music on my playlist! It is pretty amazing how much great music there is in John Williams' repertoire that works great for a run. My favorite is definitely the first one I put here. It keeps cadence really well - plus it's from an exciting time in the movies!

"The Forest Battle"

"The Battle in the Snow"

"March of the Resistance"

Naruto Music

Remember a month or two ago when I referenced Japanese hip-hop as great running music? Well, I'll show you some examples here. It probably only works because I love the show and hearing the music reminds me of some of the best parts of the show. But if Japanese hip-hop and pop music is your thing, then you should include these songs in your playlist for sure!

Even if this doesn't float your boat, just listen to it anyway!

"Hero's Come Back!" by Junichi Sakamoto

"Closer" by Joe Inoue

"Shippuden" by Yasuharu Takanashi

"Rainbow's Sky" by FLOW

My half marathon is January 17, and I only have one more long training run to go! I am very excited about this fact. This music will keep me pumped during my cold winter runs, and hopefully will keep me going as I wander the streets of Anaheim!


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